Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 28, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Hidden motors: 3-4000 UCI tests at Tour, but French announce own plans; MPCC stands with fight against technological fraud; Dan Martin: Ready to take on the big guns in the Tour de France; King may appeal Olympics snub; Orica-GreenEdge for the Tour de France; Trek-Segafredo Tour de France team; Cannondale Pro Cycling Tour de France roster; Former British Olympian dies in cycling crash; Seven WorldTour teams for Revolution Series; Study finds Tour de Yorkshire boosted economy by £60m; Crash determines Canadian men’s road championship; Focus on Marianne Vos

Who will win the green jersey?

by CyclingTips

Is that a question worth asking if Peter Sagan is in the Tour de France? The Inner Ring thinks so, as a closer analysis of the stage types in this year’s race leans more to true sprint specialists, rather than the punchy, uphill sprinters like Sagan.

Tour de France 2015 - stage 9

Here is an excerpt:

What’s different this year is that there are nine Coefficient 1 stages compared to six last year and there are four Coefficient 2 and 3 stages for 2016 compared to seven last year. This makes the 2016 route more binary: either a flat sprint finish or a mountain stage. There are fewer Saganesque stages, those hilly stages that were too much for the other sprinters.

Peter Sagan‘s chances are still high. If they built a wall to stop him he’d ride straight though it like a cartoon character leaving a hole in the shape of a cyclist. If there are more sprint finishes than last year that’s fine as he was sprinting with the best in the Tour de Suisse, albeit the best in that race a relatively weak contest compared to the mouthwatering sprint royale contests to come in July.

It’s this competition that could help, perversely Sagan’s best hope for green could be his rivals. It’s better for Sagan that the likes of Greipel, Kittel, Kristoff, Bouhanni and Cavendish all pop up for a win rather than one single rider repeatedly scoring maximum points. Meanwhile Sagan can aim to place regularly and then score and even win on the few days when the others cannot, say, in Cherbourg, Le Lioran, Revel and Culoz. Having won the contest four times already though you wonder if he’s bored by it all, or at least if he’d swap green for that elusive stage win? For all his consistency in recent years he hasn’t won a stage since 2013.

Click through to read more at The Inner Ring.